Thursday's Child (David Bowie song)

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"Thursday's Child"
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Single by David Bowie
from the album Hours
Released 20 September 1999 (Europe)
Format CD single
Recorded Seaview, Bermuda, April–May 1999
Genre Pop rock, Soul
Length 5:24 (album version)
4:25 (single edit)
Label EMI/Parlophone
7423 8 96265 2 9 0
Songwriter(s) David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels
Producer(s) David Bowie, Reeves Gabrels
David Bowie singles chronology
"I Can't Read"
"Thursday's Child"
"The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell"

"Thursday's Child" is a song written by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels for the album Hours in 1999. As with most of the other songs from Hours it was originally written for the computer game Omikron: The Nomad Soul from 1999.


This was the first single lifted from Hours and preceded the album by two weeks. In a performance for VH1 Storytellers, Bowie revealed that the title of the song was prompted by the memory of the autobiography of actress Eartha Kitt. The book, also called Thursday's Child, used to be a favourite of his when he was 14 years old.


The single's b-side was a track written by Bowie and Gabrels called "We Shall Go To Town" which was originally slated for inclusion on the album itself. Gabrels called it "a very dark track" in contrast to the rest of the album. He said the song "was about two people who were so grotesque, horribly disfigured, and people would stone them on the street, and they grew tired of having to live in the shadows, it’s like an 'Elephant Man' thing. And they think 'Tonight’s the night we go to town. This might be our last night on earth because people will probably kill us.' That was a little less jolly than 'Thursday’s Child.'"[1]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD version 1[edit]

  1. "Thursday's Child (edit)" - 4:25
  2. "We All Go Through" - 4:09
  3. "No One Calls" - 3:51

UK CD version 2[edit]

  1. "Thursday's Child (Rock mix)" - 4:27
  2. "We Shall Go to Town" - 3:56
  3. "1917" - 3:27

This version also includes the full length "Thursday's Child" video in QuickTime format.

International CD version 1[edit]

  1. "Thursday's Child (Radio edit)" - 4:25
  2. "Thursday's Child (Rock mix)" - 4:27
  3. "We Shall Go to Town" - 3:56
  4. "1917" - 3:27

International CD version 2[edit]

  1. "Thursday's Child (Radio edit)" - 4:25
  2. "Thursday's Child (Rock mix)" - 4:27

Promo version[edit]

  1. "Thursday's Child (Radio edit)" - 4:25
  2. "Thursday's Child (Rock mix)" - 4:27
  3. "Thursday's Child (Album version)" - 5:24

CD: Virgin / DPRO-14338 (US)[edit]

  1. "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (edit)" - 3:59
  2. "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (Call out hook #1)" - 0:11
  3. "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (Call out hook #2)" - 0:11
  4. "Thursday's Child (Radio edit)" - 4:25
  5. "Thursday's Child (Call out hook #1)" - 0:12
  6. "Thursday's Child (Call out hook #2)" - 0:12

A cassette version was also released with the three tracks from the UK CD version 1 on both sides of the tape.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Walter Stern, and shows Bowie in a motel room, looking in a mirror and reminiscing on his life and what could have been.



Chart Peak
UK Singles Chart 16[2]

Live versions[edit]

Other releases[edit]

  • It was released as on a promo release of the single "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell"
  • Both the "Rock mix" and a slower version from the Omikron - The Nomad Soul video game was released on the bonus disc that followed the 2004 reissue of Hours.
  • The single (specifically, the radio edit) was included on some editions of Best of Bowie (2002), on the 3-disc and 2-disc versions of Nothing Has Changed (2014), and on the 2-disc edition of Bowie Legacy (2016).


  1. ^ Ives, Brian (20 February 2017). "David Bowie: A Look Back at His '90s Era – When He Got Weird Again". Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100, 26 September 1999 - 02 October 1999". Retrieved 14 May 2017.

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